Miss 311 History & Philosophy of Missions (Spring 2015)
This is an introductory course in the history and philosophy of missions from the first century to the present. Major emphasis is given to the development of mission fields in modern times in such locations as Mexico, India, China, Philippines, and Africa. Attention is also given to world conditions as they influence the strategy of missions work.
Miss 312 Church Planting (Summer 2016)
This introductory course explores the basic principles of planting churches and helping small existing churches to fulfill the commission of Christ, and to grow to meet contemporary needs. Special attention is given to problems facing the new or small developing church. The course is structured as follows: 1) biblical basis for new churches; 2) a vision for church planting; 3) prerequisites for doing the work of a church planter.
Miss 315 Cross-Cultural Church Planting (As Needed)
The purpose of the course is to equip students in leading churches to develop a strategy for reaching out to Hispanic populations within their communities and to develop a strategy for locating and training Hispanics who can become leaders in Hispanic churches. Principles learned may also be applied to non-Hispanic cultures.
Miss 316 Missionary Internship (Every Summer)
Practical internship training is made available on a home mission field in the United States, or with an ethnic or language minority group within the United States, or on a field outside of the United States, under the supervision of a full-time missionary. A minimum of nine (9) hours per week (eight hours of supervised ministry plus one hour of formal instruction) for fifteen weeks is required. Note: The course may be repeated once when a different area is covered.
Miss 317 Missions Practicum (As Needed)
This class is designed to expose students to mission fields on a short-term basis. Students visit a mission project in the U.S. or abroad for a minimum of 5 days under the direction of a missionary. Preparatory reading and research and a journal and analysis of field activity are required.
Miss 421 Studies in Missions (As Needed)
This course is a supervised study in the field of Christian missions. Possible areas of study may include but are not limited to leadership in missions, anthropology in missions, cross-cultural communication, and missionary biographies. Note: The course may be repeated when different material is studied.
Miss 511 Advanced History & Philosophy of Missions (Spring 2015)
This course is an advanced study in the history and philosophy of missions from the first century to the present. Emphasis is given to the modern world missions movement and the increasing globalization of missionary effort. The course allows students to develop understanding of cultural realities and structures that have historically shaped missions philosophy.
Miss 512 Principles of Church Planting (Summer 2016)
The course is an in-depth analysis of effective church planting models. Attention is given to the discovery of common church planting principles applicable to a variety of multicultural and cross-cultural contexts. Emphasis is given to the evaluation of strengths and weaknesses of various church planting models. Primary focus is given to biblical foundations for church planting from a New Testament perspective.
Miss 513 Cultural Anthropology and Traditional Religions (As Needed)
The course is a survey and analysis of basic cultural concepts and social organizations that affect missionary communication of the Gospel in a culturally diverse world. The Traditional Religions emphasis of the course deals with evaluation of effective evangelism and character of the church in an environment where traditional religious manifestations (animism, mana, magic, tabu, veneration of ancestors, nature worship, and the concept of High God) underlie the more developed religions such as Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
Miss 514 Intercultural Communication (As Needed)
This course is a survey and analysis of intercultural communication through varied cultural and multicultural contexts, relationships, societal roles, and everyday life. Special emphasis is given to communicating the Gospel through creation of an incarnational model of ministry appropriate for ministerial and public leadership.
Miss 516 Graduate Missionary Internship (Every Semester)
Research and practical training is made available on a mission field in the United States, or with an ethnic or language minority group within the United States, or on a field outside of the United States, under the supervision of a full-time missionary. Attention is given to effective ministerial leadership, cultural interaction, and applicable issues of missiology. For requirements see “Practical Internship Training” above. Prerequisite: Miss 521. Note: The course may be repeated once when a different area is covered.
Miss 517 Graduate Missionary Practicum (Every Semester)
This course is designed to expose students to mission fields on a short-term basis. Students visit a mission project in the U.S. or abroad for a minimum of 5 days under the direction of a missionary. Attention is given to the logistics of short-term mission endeavors. Preparatory reading and research and a journal and analysis of field activity and mission philosophy are required.
Miss 521 Selected Topics in Missions (As Needed)
Specialized and advanced studies are made in various topics related to missions. Attention is given to theological reflection and skills in designing, implementing and assessing selected mission endeavors. Topics of special interest addressed in the course may include but are not limited to church planting, history and philosophy of missions, missions in a cross-cultural setting, specific regions or nations, college campuses, and internships.